Halloween Decor (So Far…)

Blogoween

Happy Sunday! We had a beautiful, crisp autumn day here in the Twin Cities. That being said, I didn’t get very far into The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and I will post about the entire series next weekend in place of the Into the Dark Series that I just can’t be bothered with. In the meantime, here’s a peek at my Halloween decor. I say so far because I have a coupon for JoAnn Fabrics that starts tomorrow and I’m probably picking up a few more things. I told myself last year that I couldn’t purchase anything new this year because I simply don’t have storage room for it but I did quite poorly sticking to that.

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These vintage remakes are my favorite, the selection this year was really good and I found some pieces that complemented my collection perfectly. I painted the whiskers on this cat candy dish from Michael’s because without them, it looked like some creepy Americana art. I’m a sucker for the grinning cat pieces! The giant witches hat is a bit of a regret, it sheds glitter everywhere and I don’t know what I’m going to store it in. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed a peek at my decor!

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Target Dollar Spot Fall Finds

Blogoween, Life

Ah, the Target Dollar Spot, it’s definitely a love/hate thing for me. It’s a collection of things one absolutely does not need at prices that definitely don’t scream quality and yet, I always find something to purchase once the fall decor hits the shelves. I was all around impressed with the selection this time, everything was picked over last year by mid-September. I picked up a few things that I knew I could use for numerous occasions.

They had a couple different styles and shades of gourds this year. I think these little pieces are well worth a buck and can be used after Halloween for fall decor.

It seems that they always have fabric pumpkins, this year they had these little sequin beauties. The wire, spider web bowl was $3 and perfect for spooky centerpiece.

Lastly, I chose two of these black cat, wooden ornaments. They were $1 each and matched the black/gold theme I had inadvertently going.

It’s funny how quick you can run through $20 on this stuff 😂 Is your Target stocked for Halloween? I feel as though retailers stock seasonal items so early nowadays that it’s all picked over too soon! Let me know what goodies you’re on the hunt for.

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Best of May

Monthly Favorites

I can’t believe it’s June, spring sprung seemingly overnight after weeks of cool, rainy weather. I love the rainy weather but it’s nice to see the sun shining and we’re well on our way to Halloween 👻 My deck is almost summer ready, I spent too much time and money in IKEA last weekend. I had this fantastic idea to change my master bathroom from beige to white because I love hotel bathrooms. Clean ones, that is with white towels and that subtle bleach scent. What I didn’t realize is that they get cleaned everyday, I’m pretty clean but it’s misery so far 😂 I’ll post about my deck decor sooner than later. Anyway, here are some items that I was loving in May.

For the last year I’ve been trying to switch to natural deodorant, most of them have given me a rash. I picked this up recently and love it so far. It has a light, floral scent – not too rosy but just pleasant enough. The consistency is on the wet side but very moisturizing and dries down to nothing. It’s made my armpits so soft and cleared up the rash in no time. It’s on the expensive side but all of these natural deodorants are.

My skin tends to get congested as soon as the weather starts to heat up, this is a seasonal favorite since it dries my skin out too much during the winter. It’s a mild acid that keeps my back and chest clear. It smells funky like fermented fruit but it works and it’s pretty affordable.

This is one of those blue light therapy devices. It’s supposed to help kill bacteria and I could be nuts but I think it’s working. I had to stop taking oral contraceptive due to starting another medication so I’m getting some hormonal spots but I swear this is knocking them out. My skin is almost back to where it was before my change in meds. I use it for about 15 minutes each night, focusing on different quadrants. I like it because I’m not adding another chemical to my routine. I purchased this from my dermatologist but Amazon sells the exact same one.

Nature’s Bounty recently released a line of skin vitamins, I picked up this one and the moisture one. I really think that my overall skin feels firmer and smoother. I’m also trying the moisture one but can’t say that my skin feels any less dry than usual.

One day, whilst feeling sorry for myself, I ordered a bunch of Charlotte Tilbury because no brand makes me feel prettier 😝 These are the daily go-tos so far. The Peachgasm is this glowy, liquid blush that’s perfect for making pasty skin look flushed and glowy. The cream shadows in Rose Gold and Star Gold are easy to smudge on and go. Her entire summer collection is stunning.

And because I’m a total blush whore, this peachy Burt’s Bees blush has been my ‘bronzer’ of late. I like a bronzer that’s on the redder side because it looks more natural for me to be a bit burnt than actually tanned 😂 I love this formula, not terribly pigmented but easy to build and blend.

I cannot get enough true crime as of late! Yes, I purchased some books but I’m on the hunt for an e-reader. I’m also hooked on the My Favorite Murder podcast and Buzzeed Unsolved: True Crime series on YouTube. I thought the Netflix Ted Bundy movie was pleasantly tame while still being super creepy. Finally, I cannot wait for Stranger Things season three and recently binged the first two seasons. What have you been loving recently?

These goslings were also a fave this month, look at how fat they are! There are spring babies all over the place, it’s lovely. Let me know what you’ve been up to!

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Ready to Spring Fling

Random

Words that I never thought would come out of my mouth, winter is my favorite season but this one has been too much. With the extreme cold, dangerous driving conditions and just all around gloomy atmosphere, I am ready for some milder weather even if that means spring. I hate spring; pastels, allergies, that manure smell that permeates farm country when everything starts melting, the dirty brown snow, the completely asinine amount of litter before the road crews get out, never quite knowing what to wear. I hate it but I am actually kinda’ looking forward to it as well. I even got myself a spring’ish manicure this weekend. I am still loving the dip powder, it lasts longer and my nails looks really nice.

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Feeling further inspired to get into spring, I put out the few Easter decorations that I own. I’ve never been a huge fan of Easter and spring decor, probably the aversion to pastels thing but this pig with bunny ears is the cutest thing.

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I also started melting lilac and gardenia waxes, my apartment smells like a delightful garden. I think that the kitties are also ready to have the windows open again so they can keep an eye on the birds. They are not amused.

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I can’t wait to go to the farmers’ market, go for a bike ride, sit on the deck and read – spring will be welcome indeed. But that reminds me that I should probably get my allergy meds filled 😛 Are you ready for spring, has the winter been awful where you are? We aren’t even through March yet, I fully anticipate a giant snow storm before we’re in the clear!

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Minimalism to Mend a Broken Heart

Minimalism

Whenever I hear that someone in my life has made a lifestyle change, I always want to know the why behind it because I’m nosy and it fascinates me to know what some thing sparked an individual to change how they’ve been living their entire life. It can be someone’s health, doctor’s orders, they read an article, their kids – for me, I got dumped. A few months before my relationship ended, I had started to become more curious about minimalism and had jumped on the Anti-Haul bandwagon quite some time ago but I didn’t think that I would be making a lifestyle change any time soon. The reason being single turned out to be the catalyst for downsizing is that all of the stuff I owned was associated with someone who was no longer in my life and made me sad to think about. It was hard to come home to an apartment that no longer felt like a home and was saturated with memories. When I found myself on my own is when I really started to research and explore living a more minimal lifestyle.

I started with easy items like physical media, clothing that I wasn’t wearing, kitchen items that I never used and it felt like I was shedding my past and the newfound heart ache that I was associating with it. I didn’t find it very difficult to part with my things, growing up not having much of anything could be part of the reason but I also relished in the thought that my things could be used again by someone else who might not have very much. Reducing the amount of unnecessary things that I had in my space gave me a lot of clarity and my apartment had a fresh newness to it that I hadn’t felt since having moved in. The space was completely mine and I could fill it with only things that I curated but the thing is, I had no desire to fill my space back up with random items. Once I wasn’t surrounded by knick-knacks, throw pillows, stacks of media and all of the other items that were supposed to make my apartment a home, I felt a lot less distracted. The apartment isn’t totally stark, I still do have some decorations and enough to make it feel cozy but the atmosphere is completely different and I love it.

Am I totally committed to a minimalist lifestyle? Yes and no, I feel like I am totally committed to my interpretation of a minimalist lifestyle. I am choosing to surround myself with less collections of things and instead a collection of a few things that I have carefully curated that make me happy. I’ve felt for a long time that there is so much emptiness in consumerism, going from a childhood of have-nots to a comfortable existence as an adult has allowed me to own a lot more stuff that I value less. I have become much choosier when it comes to purchasing things, I’ve gotten better about investing in fewer well-made pieces over tons of average quality pieces. I enjoy living with less because it gives me a peace of mind that consuming couldn’t.

I’ve been at it for about 9 months, the whole process has been very therapeutic and helped me to find a sense of self that has made being on my own not so bad. So that’s how I started my minimalist journey but you can just read that Marie Kondo book too 🙂

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